Jesse Lingard: Ex-Man United coach Meulensteen compares club flop to Andreas Iniesta

Jesse Lingard: Ex-Man United coach Meulensteen compares club flop to Andreas Iniesta

- Jesse Lingard has courted criticism from fans in recent months after a dip in form

- Lingard has gone over a year without scoring in the Premier League

- But Rene Meulensteen is backing the Englishman to rediscover his former self

Former Man United coach Rene Meulensteen believes club flop this season Jesse Lingard will come out good amid criticism from fans and pundits.

Lingard has endured a difficult spell at United in recent months that saw him score just two goals in 32 matches.

The midfielder for more than a year has failed to score in the Premier League as his last goal came in his side's 5-1 win over Cardiff City in December 2018 when he scored a brace.

Despite the apparent dip in form, Meulensteen has reserved special praise for the Englishman and bizarrely compared him to Barcelona hero Andreas Iniesta.

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"Jesse had various loan clubs and then he came back. And I think Louis van Gaal was the manager at the time and Louis was very big on bringing young players through and Jesse got the chance to suddenly play in the first team," Meulensteen recalled while speaking on Michael Anthony Show.

"That's the luck that you need and certain managers can see it. Jesse always had attributes in his game as Iniesta had for Barcelona," he continued.

Meulensteen, who worked as a first-team coach at United for six years has also backed the Englishman to rediscover his form.

"Jesse, in my opinion - and I think he knows it himself, he's a great kid - he's the sort of player that's so difficult for opposition teams to mark," he added.

Lingard grew through the ranks at the Man United academy before making his maiden senior appearance under then manager Louis van Gaal.

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However, it is understood Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to offload him despite having a contract with the club until the end of next season.

Meanwhile, Iniesta is widely regarded as a Barca legend, having helped the Catalan giants win LaLiga nine times, the Copa del Rey on six occasions, seven Spanish Super Cups, three UEFA Super Cups, three Club World Cups and four Champions League titles.

Earlier, reported that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been named the Premier League manager month for January.

The German-born tactician has been incredible with his Reds armies this campaign having opened a 22-point gap over defending champions Manchester City after 25 rounds of matches.

With the Merseysiders cruising to their first EPL title for the first time in over three decades, they won all their five league matches in the month under review.

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